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Music is a voyage of discovery. One that now goes much further with the creation of the ZOOM ARQ AR-96 Aero RhythmTrak.
The ZOOM ARQ AR-96 is an all-in-one production and live performance instrument which includes an integrated drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller with a built-in accelerometer. Even more, ARQ is freedom. With its wireless Bluetooth® Ring Controller, you can escape the booth, move the music, and get in front of the crowd.
Base Station and Ring Controller
The Base Station
The AR-96 Base Station houses 468 drum/instrument sounds ("one-shot" sampled waveform sounds), 70 types of synthesizer sounds, and dozens of digital effects. Dual 1/4" line-level audio inputs enable phrase recording and looping. There are also stereo 1/4" line-level outputs, as well as a dedicated 1/4" headphone jack with its own volume control. A USB port allows connection to your computer, and an SD card slot lets you save patterns and loops, import prerecorded audio, and update firmware.
The Ring Controller
The detachable Ring Controller communicates with the Base Station, as well as DAWs, via wireless Bluetooth. It offers 96 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads for clip launching and playing drum sounds, instrument sounds, and sequences. Phrases and sounds can be played chromatically, or you can choose from dozens of preset scales in any key. And with AR-96's Firmware V2.0, a new pad layout in Instrument mode now provides you with a visual for where instruments are mapped on the ARQ, and Scale layout maps out the note range of the instrument selected.
Its unique Grip Detection automatically prevents accidental triggering of the pads under your hand. There are dedicated buttons at the top and bottom of the Ring for REC/PLAY/STOP, as well as Filter/Delay/Reverb/MASTER FX on/off. An onboard 3-axis accelerometer generates MIDI control messages to alter sounds and effects in real time. Its internal Lithium-Ion battery automatically charges when the Ring is placed on the Base Station.
Load Your Own Samples
To further expand your music-making possibilities, you can load also your own samples into the AR-96. Simply import WAV files into the internal synth engine's oscillator and you're ready to edit them like you would a sampler.
*Available with Firmware V2.0
The Only Drum Machine for Performers
Not only does AR-96 allow you to create incredible drum parts and patterns, but you can also use the Ring Controller as a live instrument. Play it while mounted to the Base Station, or remove it to take your performance to the front of the stage. AR-96 comes with a multitude of PCM drum and instrument sounds which you can edit right on the unit during a live set These can be organized into 384 genre-specific kits.The ARQ’s Instrument Mode lets you easily view and edit pad and scale layouts, so you can make adjustments in real time. You can also develop 20 kits of your own, complete with effects. Once you perform with ARQ, you'll never use another drum machine again.
It's a Circular Sequencer—No Computer Necessary
Traditional devices take a linear approach to sequencing, but AR-96 is anything but traditional. For the first time, you can visualize your music as a true loop, up to 5 parts at a time.
Individual patterns or complete songs can be constructed one step at a time or by recording a real-time performance, with an onboard mixer for setting volumes, muting, and soloing. Instruments can be assigned to single or multiple pads and up to 3 parts can be created at a time. Up to 33 parts can be played back simultaneously, and the timbre or note of each part can be changed with the touch of a button. 384 patterns can be combined in any order to form a complete song, then flattened into an audio loop that can be played back from a single pad—all without the use of a computer.
To simplify pattern creation, ARQ AR-96 V2.0 has a new arpeggiator function which includes standard, polyphonic, and sequential settings. You can control the notes and the repeat rate of the arpeggiator with ARQ’s Ring Controller. And an updated Pad layout provides a visual guide for instrument sequencing, while the Scale now layout allows you view and edit pad length.
It's a Comprehensive Synthesizer
AR-96's powerful sound engine offers 468 sampled waveforms that can be pitch-shifted as they are played over multiple pads—as well as 70 types of synthesizer sounds that allow you to build completely original timbres. Choose from 538 different oscillator types for sonic variety, then add digital effects such as filtering, delay, and reverb, along with sound-shaping controls like envelope generators and stepped or smooth modulation.
All-New Edit and KIT Mode
Edit Mode on the AR-96 is now visually enhanced with more dynamic graphics and additional parameters. Two sync pitches give you more flexibility in sound design, and MIDI mapping lets you assign knobs to specific functions. An updated KIT mode allows you to change the number of instruments in the ARQ's pad layout. You can use up to 32 instruments for more creative flexibility, and each instrument can be played with the ARQ’s scale keyboard to create bass, chord backing, and melody components more easily. You can also copy, edit, backup, and erase patterns with ease.
*Available with Firmware V2.0